Following consecutive home wins over Indiana and Minnesota, Ohio State hits the road on Saturday when it makes the trip to West Lafayette, Ind. and Ross-Ade Stadium for a primetime matchup against Purdue.
Ranked No. 2 in both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Polls, Ohio State is 7-0 on the year. Purdue has won its last three games and is 3-3 on the season.
Ohio State possesses the nation’s No. 2 total offense, averaging 556.9 yards per game. It’s posted 500 yards or more in six of seven games, including a 504-yard effort last Saturday vs. the Gophers.
QB Dwayne Haskins is ranked in the top ﬁve nationally in TD passes (ﬁrst, 28), passing yards (third, 2,331) and completion percentage (third, 72.3). Six of Dwayne Haskins’ NCAA-leading 28 TD passes have covered 40 yards or more.
Haskins’ favorite targets have been senior WR Parris Campbell (43 receptions, 557 yards, seven TDs) and WR K.J. Hill (40 receptions, 551 yards, four TDs). In all, 17 different players have caught a pass this season.
SILVER BULLETS IN THE BACKFIELD
Ohio State’s defense ranks No. 10 nationally with 55.0 tackles for loss, led by the consistent play from DT Dre’Mont Jones. The fourth-year junior has 21 tackles, 8.5 TFLs and 5.5 sacks.
THIRD NIGHT GAME ON THE ROAD
The Buckeyes are going on the road or the third time this season to play a prime time game, with previous after dark contests – and wins – vs. No. 15 TCU in Arlington, Texas, and at No. 9 Penn State. This is the third consecutive season for Ohio State to play three road night games. In 2016 the Buckeyes played at Oklahoma, and then consecutively at Wisconsin and Penn State at night. And last year the Buckeyes played at Indiana, at Rutgers and at Nebraska at night.
BUCKEYES ARE 13-1 AT NIGHT UNDER MEYER
Ohio State is 30-11 all-time in true road games at night, including four consecutive wins and 13 victories in 14 road night games under coach Urban Meyer.
SECOND-LONGEST WINNING STREAM IN THE NATION
Ohio State has the second-longest winning streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Buckeyes have won 12 consecutive games dating to November of 2017. It is the third double digit winning streak since the beginning of the 2012 season.
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Purdue, similiar to Ohio State, possesses one of the nation’s top offenses. Led by QB David Blough, the Boilermakers are averaging 330.8 yards passing per game (seventh best nationally) and 510.2 total yards (10th best nationally).
Blough is third in the Big Ten in passing yards (1,695) and is coming off a 377-yard, three-TD outing last week at Purdue. Freshman WR Rondale Moore has made an immediate impact with 45 receptions for 558 yards and ﬁ ve touchdowns thus far. Sophomore LB Cornel Jones leads the Big Ten with 11.0 tackles for loss and also has 40 total tackles.